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Telco gains offset US TV subs decline

The latest informitv Multiscreen Index shows that gains by telco providers in the US substantially offset subscriber losses among leading cable and satellite television services. In the third quarter, there was a net loss of

Liberty Global completes tender offer for Ziggo

Liberty Global has completed its tender offer for Dutch cable operator Ziggo and will now own 100 per cent of the firm’s outstanding shares. CEO Mike Fries confirmed that Liberty will immediately begin the integration of Ziggo and UPC Netherlands. “As we leverage the incremental scale provided by Ziggo, which will expand our total customer base to 27 million households […]

upc cablecom increases subs, revenues

upc cablecom has increased both its total number of subscribers and its revenue in the first 9 months of the year. The Liberty Global subsidiary now has almost 2.6 million subscribers across Switzerland. It experienced sustained growth in the Internet segment, where the number of subscriptions has increased by 53,400 since January 1st. The revenue also developed positively, rising by CHF […]

Altice makes €7bn Portugal Telecom bid

Multinational cable and telecommunications company Altice has made a binding, fully-financed offer to purchase the Portuguese assets of Portuguese quad-play telco Portugal Telecom from Oi, the largest telecommunications company in Brazil and South America, both in terms of subscribers and revenues. These assets comprise the existing business of Portugal Telecom outside of Africa and excludes Portugal Telecom’s Rio Forte debt […]

ONO TV on Android phones

Spain’s largest cable company ONO, recently acquired by Vodafone, is launching its ONO online TV service on Android-based devices with the service available through Google Play. The service, with up to 40 TV channels, was already available on PCs, tablets, iPhones and Macs. The company is enhancing the service with the addition of VoD including premieres and pay per view […]

Time Warner Cable disappoints with video subs

Time Warner Cable the cable company awaiting regulatory approval to merge with Comcast reported profit behind analysts’ estimates as more video subscribers canceled service and programming costs rose. Time Warner Cable lost 184,000 video customers in the third quarter, while rising costs for sports programming cut into profit. The company lowered its revenue forecast for the year to $22.8 billion, […]

CASBAA: ‘Light touch’ needed for pay-TV regulation

John Medeiros, chief policy officer at the Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA), has called for governments in the region to exercise a light touch in their regulation of pay-TV networks, which he says should be freed from archaic regulations, inequitable censorship controls and unfair tax burdens which are not levied on online content supply. He also warned […]

FCC proposes updated MVPD definition

Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman, says the industry has passed from an era where it was necessary to build a purpose-specific pathway to deliver video, and accordingly, the Commission is putting forth proposals to update FCC rules to recognise this new reality and, as a result, expand competition and consumer choice, a move that could benefit OTT players such as Aereo […]

US broadband subs to exceed pay-TV

While residential broadband penetration will soon top 100 million US households, legacy pay-TV subscription services have peaked and are in decline. According to The Diffusion Group (TDG), during the next few months, and for the first time in history, the number of home broadband subscriptions will surpass the number of home pay-TV subscriptions. While asserting a causal relationship between these […]

FilmOn seeks MVPD redefinition


Antenna-based Internet television streaming operation FilmOn has joined similar service Aereo in filing a required ex parte notice disclosing its recent conversations with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), when it informed the Commission of its intent to commence retransmission of local television broadcast stations to authenticated subscribers in local markets consistent with FCC Rules applicable to Multichannel Video Programming Distributors […]

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